Introducing Andy DeVercelly x 4 on Episode 201


All American racing family, we’d like to introduce you to Andy DeVercelly – numbers, 2,3,4, and 5.  #2 is 93 years young and raced in the first Baja 1000; #5 just graduated to go-karts from mini-dwarf cars.  It’s a fun listen of four generations of racers. Be sure to listen on your favorite podcast app.


3:14 – Andy 2 – the bullfighter is my car, I hit a bull on the highway just before LaPaz

12:48 – Andy 2 – I had no idea at all where I was, there were like three street signs down there

19:00 – Andy 3 – my grandpa was an Ironman kind of guy, no one else could drive the car

25:06 – Andy 3 – Now that I’ve retired, I get the pleasure and fun of it all to go work with my son

31:36 – Andy 4 – so as far as 4 wheels, he’s still a few years out – he’s just tall enough now to start learning

39:26 – Andy 2 – the big thing was the energy, the energy that the people have down there for the 1000 is next level

Special thanks to 4low Magazine and Maxxis Tires for support and sponsorship of this podcast.



[00:01:40.180] – Big Rich Klein

On today’s episode of Conversations with Big Rich, I’ll be talking with four generations of off-roaders. This is the Andy DeVercelly family, and all of them are Andies. So on the air, we have Andy 2, 3, 4, and 5. And this is going to be an interesting conversation with a legendary off-road racing family. Hello, guys. Let’s see how this goes with all this traffic.


[00:02:11.020] – Andy DeVerchelly x 4

Sounds great, Rich.


[00:02:12.310] – Big Rich Klein

All right. So we have Andy 2 I’ll start with you. You’re 93 years old now, lived a long off-road racing life, it sounds like. Where were you born and raised?


[00:02:25.470] – Andy DeVerchelly x 4

I was born and raised in New York City, in Long Island.


[00:02:30.280] – Big Rich Klein

In New York City?


[00:02:31.500] – Andy DeVerchelly x 4

In Long Island, yeah.


[00:02:34.820] – Big Rich Klein

Okay. Did you spend a lot of time there, or how did you get into off-road racing?


[00:02:43.510] – Andy DeVerchelly x 4

I got drafted into the Marine Corps during the Korean War, and I wound up in California. And in California, that’s when I got involved in going to the desert with buggies and playing in the sand. And then when the first Baha 1,000 came up, I got involved in it.


[00:03:08.980] – Big Rich Klein

Right. And that was in the bullfighter rig?


[00:03:14.160] – Andy DeVerchelly x 4

Yeah, the bullfighter is my car. And I got that name because in the first Baha 1,000, I hit a bull on a highway just before La Paz, and they gave me the name Bullfighter.  READ MORE

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